BAD is a formally constituted not-for-profit organisation, whose directors are Denis Tracey, Elizabeth Emanuel, Sue Turnbull, Michael Duffy and Suzanne Leal. The Artistic Director is Catherine du Peloux Menagé. Other key people are Katrina Kiely (social media), Nyssa Sutherland (website design) and Debbie McInnes (PR and publicity).
BAD is held at the State Library of New South Wales in partnership with the SLNSW. Some sessions are held at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St.
This annual event explores what crime can tell us about humanity, both contemporary and historical. The speakers include writers, reporters and film-makers, and professionals from the justice system such as detectives, judges and psychologists.
Sydney is particularly appropriate for such exploration because it was founded by convicts and their guards. It has been significantly affected by crime and corruption for much of its history.